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N’Golo Kante Shows He’s Not Super-Human With Latest Injury

Last weekend, they were looking forward to their first victory in Bulgaria in 85 years; Les Blues were sweating profusely at the Vasil Levski in Bulgaria despite having gone in-front inside three minutes. Play stops on the 34th minute, a player is injured; no it’s not N’Golo Kante! Yes, it is! But he’s not human?

I never thought I’d see the day. N’Golo Kante limps off injured. The man who runs so hard, his former manager thought he had a pack of batteries in his shorts. The midfielder who stunned the Premier League in two season; winning it in both with two different teams. In both seasons his only major injury concern was a hamstring complaint in March 2016 that had him sit out training for three days.

Last season with Chelsea, Kante was available for every game the Champions played. Antonio Conte started him in 35 Premier League games and rested him in three – although he didn’t need. Kante remains the ever-reliable central (defensive) midfielder whose back could never reach the ground.

N’Golo Kante has played 72 Premier League games since moving to England from Caen in 2015; in those games, he’s been absolutely unplayable – too fast, too technical and too strong for his opponents. Little surprise he’s earned a Premier League medal on both occasions. The reigning PFA player of the year has garnered enough praise and hype to have his head swell twice it’s original size.

Kante’s impressive form has also seen him become an integral member of his national team (France). He was among the first names on Didier Deschamps’ team for Euro 2016, and has been a regular feature in France’s Russia 2018 world cup qualifiers till Saturday. On Saturday, however, we something overly unusual as N’Golo Kante pulled up injured. He does get injured after all.

It was later revealed by France gaffer, Deschamps, that N’Golo Kante has suffered a hamstring injury; “a muscular problem behind the thigh,” per Deschamps. Kante’s injury is capable of ruling him out for at least a week or more.

N’Golo Kante – beginning to feel the strain of games

For a player who runs all over the pitch and plays almost every other game for both club and country, it’s expected that such a day as Saturday would, and it did. If it didn’t come while with Les Blues then certainly with Chelsea. Like the proverbial willing horse that gets worked to death, Kante was becoming overworked and overused. This injury would provide a much needed recharge for the ironman extraordinaire.

Antonio Conte would rue the latest injury news filtering into his ranks. Factoring in a similar injury to Alvaro Morata, the Blues now have investments totalling nearly £120 million. Hello, Danny Drinkwater? This is why we signed you. The Englishman’s recovery from a foot injury couldn’t come at a better time.

A muscular problem for N’Golo Kante is normal, nothing extraordinary. It shows that the man isn’t super-human after all – he’s just an incredibly strong, technically gifted young man who just like any other player can suffer from wear and tear.

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